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An Introduction to Risking Truth: Reshaping the World through Prayers of Lament

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The subject of lament and the use of lament in the lives of believers is a subject which has been neglected in the Church because it is often seen as an expression of unbelief. The fact is that all of us, including believers, experience loss, pain, suffering, and heartache. In the face of the realities of life, we cannot but lament to God. In Risking Truth: Reshaping the World through Prayers of Lament Scott Ellington provides a comprehensive and thorough treatment of this subject. Ellington argues that in the Bible, experiences of loss elicited prayers of lament. When calamity strikes and security is threatened, those who live in a relationship with God experience their sense of an ordered world and their relationship with God shaken. Ellington also addresses God's participation in suffering, the use of lament in the Psalms, the suffering of Job, the unique complaints of Jeremiah, and the issue of lament in the New Testament.


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